2019 – Bol d’Or: Re-Started – Regularly Updated.
Update 09:15 Crashes & Engine failures
F.C.C. TSR Honda France had a engine failure around 09 o’clock this morning, which caused #1 SRC Kawasaki and #7 YART Yamaha to crash.
The Safety Car went out as not only the bikes, but also the tire barriers caught fire.
The Bol d’Or has been Re-Started at 06:00 local time this morning. The bikes had lined up on the straight with riders sitting on their machines. The start was held behind the safety car which stood out for a couple of laps.
Again it was the #77 Wojcik Yamaha with Gino Rea, that made the pace but soon later #5 FCC Honda took over the lead. When Loris Baz jumped on the YART Yamaha, he was lapping four to five seconds faster than everyone else, so he took the lead on his stint.
The 83rd Bol d’Or is still a red-flag-situation race with the clock further ticking down. Just the parc fermé rule is out of order. Teams are allowed to bring their bikes back to the pits and to work on them.
At 05:55 LT the pit lane will open and the grid will be formed again on the main straight, considering the current positions in the rankings. They will get a further warm up lap, with the race then being re-started behind the safety car.
There will be no Re-Start of the 83rd Bol d’Or at Le Castellet until at least 06:00 o’clock Sunday morning, Local Time.
After 4 hours race time
The bikes will stay in parc fermè stripe in pit lane. The race will not resume before 21:00 Local Time.
Ongoing heavy rain and storms are hindering the 83rd Bol d’Or further.
Teams will be informed one hour before the race start, with 5 minutes before the re-start all allowed to change tires, refuel and change riders.
Updates on when to re-start will be given in half hour rhythms to the teams.
After 3 hours race time
Rain got too heavy at the Bol d’Or, so the race got red flagged with all bikes in pit lane lined up and nobody allowed to work on them.
Currently team managers and race direction are in a meeting.
The next info is due at 19:00 local time.